Scottish Parliament debates

Thursday, 12 November 2020

  • First Minister’s Question Time

    3 speeches

    Good afternoon, colleagues. Our first item of business is First Minister’s question time. Before we turn to questions, the First Minister will update the Parliament on the Covid-19 situation.

  • Covid-19 (Contact Tracing)

    8 speeches

    1. The public need to have confidence in the test and protect system. It is the most effective tool that we have until a vaccine arrives, and we all want it to succeed. However, this week,...

  • Test and Protect System (Performance)

    6 speeches

    2. Last night, the Cabinet Secretary for Health and Sport told Parliament that what undermines confidence in the test and protect system is “misrepresentation”. Since September, the...

  • Online Conspiracy Theories

    4 speeches

    3. Around the world, people who believe in democracy breathed a collective sigh of relief last week at Donald Trump’s defeat. However, as he refuses to concede and instead reverts to...

  • Personal Protective Equipment

    4 speeches

    4. This week marks 50,000 people having lost their lives because of the coronavirus. That must be a reminder to us all that the efforts of those in Government who make decisions and those of us...

  • Scottish Child Payment

    4 speeches

    5. To ask the First Minister whether she will provide an update on the number of people who have applied for the Scottish child payment. (S5F-04552)

  • Long Covid (National Support Service)

    4 speeches

    6. To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government’s response is to Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland’s call for the introduction of a national support service for people with...

  • Children’s Mental Health

    4 speeches

    7. To ask the First Minister what the Scottish Government is doing to support children’s mental health throughout the pandemic and subsequent restrictions. (S5F-04565)

  • Petroineos (Job Losses)

    2 speeches

    The First Minister will be aware of the announcement by Petroineos on Tuesday, detailing its plans to reconfigure the Grangemouth refinery to protect 450 skilled jobs, but with the regrettable...

  • Covid-19 (“Do Not Resuscitate” Notices)

    2 speeches

    Age Scotland is becoming increasingly alarmed by the number of elderly patients and their families who feel that they have been pressured to sign DNR forms. They are concerned that DNR notices...

  • Christmas (Four-nations Arrangements)

    2 speeches

    Earlier, the First Minister mentioned Christmas, which is not only an important Christian feast but a national holiday celebration for people of all religions and none. They want to make plans,...

  • Agriculture Act 2020

    2 speeches

    Does the First Minister agree that the United Kingdom Government’s Agriculture Act 2020, which has now received royal assent, woefully fails to deliver on the promises that were made to...

  • Early Learning (Group Singing)

    2 speeches

    I have been contacted by a number of constituents whose children are in nurseries and early learning centres. Under present guidelines they are not able to sing indoors as a group. That is having...

  • Tied Pubs

    2 speeches

    Organisations including the Scottish Licensed Trade Association, the Campaign for Real Ale, the Society of Independent Brewers, the Campaign for Pubs, the Pubs Advisory Service, GMB Scotland and...

  • European Union (Trading Relationship)

    2 speeches

    Does the First Minister share the frustration and deep concerns of Scottish businesses that, as a result of four years of chaos and incompetence on the part of the United Kingdom Government, we...

  • Self-isolating Pupils (Support)

    2 speeches

    Stewart McFarlane, who is a constituent of mine, has raised serious concerns that his daughter’s education is suffering because of her requirement to self-isolate. Despite his...

  • Community Crisis Grants

    2 speeches

    I raise with the First Minister concerns about the disparity in community crisis grant payments, which are administered under the Scottish welfare fund. Data from the Poverty and Inequality...

  • United Kingdom Government Climate Change Champion

    3 speeches

    The United Nations brings its climate change conference to Glasgow next year. Does it not undermine prospects for its success that Boris Johnson has appointed as his Government’s climate...

  • Cervical Cancer Screening

    2 speeches

    This week, 15,000 women across Scotland, including many of my constituents, discovered that letters inviting them for non-routine cervical screening and colposcopy treatment were not sent at the...

  • Burntisland Fabrications

    4 speeches

    Workers at Burntisland Fabrications are desperate, as they face another Christmas of uncertainty. Given that state aid rules kick in only at the point at which a contract is signed, does the...

  • Portfolio Question Time

  • Rural Economy and Tourism

    1 speech

    In order to get in as many members as possible, I would prefer short and succinct questions, and answers to match. Questions 2, 7 and 8, as well as questions 3 and 4, have been grouped. For those...

  • Wildlife Crime (Grouse Moor Management)

    6 speeches

    1. To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the impact on the rural economy of wildlife crime linked to grouse moor management. (S5O-04745)

  • Tourism Businesses (Support)

    4 speeches

    2. To ask the Scottish Government what financial support is available for tourism businesses. (S5O-04746)

  • Tourist Attractions (Support)

    7 speeches

    7. To ask the Scottish Government what support it is providing to tourist attractions in light of the on-going restrictions due to Covid-19. (S5O-04751)

  • Covid-19 Restrictions (Tourism Sector Input)

    14 speeches

    8. To ask the Scottish Government what input the Scottish tourism sector has had into its decision making on Covid-19 restrictions. (S5O-04752)

  • Covid-19 Strategic Framework

    4 speeches

    3. To ask the Scottish Government what support it is giving to businesses in the hospitality and food and drink sectors in response to the impact of each level of the Covid-19 strategic...

  • Bed and Breakfasts and Guest Houses (Support)

    12 speeches

    4. To ask the Scottish Government how it will ensure that all bed and breakfasts and guest houses will be eligible for financial support in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. (S5O-04748)

  • Rural Payments Strategy 2020-21

    30 speeches

    The next item of business is a statement by Fergus Ewing on the rural payments strategy for 2020-21. The cabinet secretary will take questions at the end of his statement, so there should be no...

  • Environment Bill

    13 speeches

    The next item of business is a debate on legislative consent motion S5M-23324, in the name of Roseanna Cunningham, on the Environment Bill. I ask members who wish to speak in the debate to press...

  • Pre-release Access to Official Statistics (Scotland) Bill: Stage 1

    38 speeches

    The next item of business is a debate on motion S5M-23289, in the name of Gordon Lindhurst, on the Pre-release Access to Official Statistics (Scotland) Bill. I ask those members who wish to speak...

  • Medicines and Medical Devices Bill

    2 speeches

    The next item of business is a legislative consent motion on the Medicines and Medical Devices Bill. Motion moved, That the Parliament agrees that the relevant provisions of the Medicines and...

  • Point of Order

    4 speeches

    On a point of order, Presiding Officer. I wish to raise a point of order arising under standing order 11.5, relating to the rights of members to vote on matters coming before the Parliament. The...

  • Decision Time

    9 speeches

    The first question is, that legislative consent motion S5M-23324, in the name of Roseanna Cunningham, on the Environment Bill, be agreed to . Are we agreed?

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The Scottish Parliament is the national legislature of Scotland, located in Edinburgh. The Parliament consists of 129 members known as MSPs, elected for four-year terms; 73 represent individual geographical constituencies, and 56 are regional representatives.

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